Hello and welcome to part 2, or as I like to call it the drop in views because Donald Trump isn’t in the thumbnail. bummer. If you haven’t read part one was on the new Purge teaser trailer.

Continuing into our investigation of the dying heartbeat of the horror genre. This time the completely necessary sequel to The Strangers. First what is The Strangers, besides a bad movie. The Strangers is a movie that preys upon the crippling phobia of film editing. The Strangers is almost disappointingly the textbook horror movie now a days. The Strangers is the equivalent of being unfunny but SAYING EVERYTHING OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD TO TRICKING PEOPLE INTO THINKING WHAT YOU SAID WAS funny. The Strangers fails to make their sound-stage an interesting atmosphere or establish a story that progresses to gradually heightens tension. Not to say that The Strangers doesn’t create tension, but anxiety is stirred up all through editing and camera work. Lurking in the depth of frames only to magically disappear into the nether accompanied by loud noises.

The most abhorrent attribute to The Strangers is the complete falsehood behind the marketing that’s highly responsible for the film’s popularity. The main selling point of the movie was how the events of The Strangers is “based on true events” but let’s ask, How true is it?  The director/writer Bryan Bertino admits that the inspiration of the movie to be:

“That part of the story came to me from a childhood memory. As a kid, I lived in a house on a street in the middle of nowhere. One night, while our parents were out, somebody knocked on the front door and my little sister answered it. At the door were some people asking for somebody that didn’t live there. We later found out that these people were knocking on doors in the area and, if no one was home, breaking into the houses” – Production Notes

So… not at all. It makes more sense that this inspired you to write Home Alone. Apply that logic you get:

  • Gorilla learned sign language – Rise of the Planet of the Apes based on true events
  • Teen delinquents charged with vandalism – A Clockwork Orange based on true events
  • I asked my mom for a skateboard for Christmas, but I got a toy train instead – Citizen Kane based on true events.

Some narrative scholars would argue with you that there are only 8 different stories in existence and everything else is just a unique variation of one of these foundations. Don’t really find it outside the realm of possibility that any creative work has some inspiration from the real world but usually with less of a stretch of the imagination. I’m unsure how much was included in that “true events” marketing but I will admit that the film has drawn parallels to the Keddie Cabin Murders, unsure if this was intentional or not. I don’t understand why when your marketing yourself as an “authentic” scenario while your movie relies heavily on such “artificial” scares.

The Strangers has always kind of been an odd movie to me and I think the sequel further complicates that. On one hand, the movie is pretty much a dreaded YouTuber story time video (NOT CLICKBAIT) that hopes you’ll believe this exaggeration of reality. On the other hand, I find it somewhat charming how basic and simplistic the story is. The characters or so flat that they might as well just be referred to as man and woman. It sort of reminds me of like an old radio show or the more modern form in a Creepypasta. Simplistic characters usually only operating as a vessel for the audience in a grim setting getting bombarded with an increasingly fearful predicament.

Now The Strangers: Kung Fury, I feel that it completely derails the pleasurable quaintness that was my favorite part of the first one, but also it seems much more in tune with it’s strengths. It’s not a slow burn psychological thriller or a realistic portrayal it wants to be dumb fun. Somehow capitalizing on the horror clichés, Strangers 2 Electric Boogaloo seems energetic and lively trying to have a more overt style to it and essentially capture the “thrill of the hunt”. My big prediction is that trailer #2 will find a ridiculous reason to play “Fox on the Run” by Sweet.

While I’m not a fan of the first, after the first trailer of The Strangers 2 I must say I believe it has a chance to be a passable sequel such as 10 Cloverfield Lane was. To those who also dismiss my opinion claiming but those masks where so damn creepy. Well to be honest there’s much scary masks out there:

What did you think of The Strangers: Kung Fury does it look good? The original Strangers an underrated classic or a boring cliché mess? What’s the scariest mask you’ve every seen? Let me know, comment below? Leave a like if you’re awesome, I’ll be back with part 3 and as always, I’ll see you at the movies.

 

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